Wednesday, February 13, 2008

News:: ECMA's Bow To The Power of Plaskett

JoelUnfortunately time constraints didn't allow me to come up with any preview posts for this year's ECMA awards. In retrospect, this is perhaps a good thing, because unless I had selected Joel Plaskett and/or his Emergency as the winner of every category, I wouldn't have been correct. This is perhaps a smidge of exaggeration, but Joel still walked away with six ECMA's, and that's a dory full of ECMA's, no matter how you slice it.

Our old friend Joel won in the following categories: FACTOR Recording of the Year, Group Recording of the Year, Vibe Creative Group Single of the Year, SOCAN Songwriter of the Year, Video of the Year, and Rock Recording of the Year. Really an impressive list, and although so many wins for one album meant a few other deserving records didn't get recognized (ahem, Wintersleep), I'd have to say it's well deserved - Ashtray Rock is really a great album. I was surprised Joel only received one Juno nomination, but perhaps this routing on his home turf will help cheer him up.

A few other acts we've covered here on the hill also took home awards:

Rose Cousins won the Solo Female Recording of the Year, beating out Jenn Grant, Jessica Rhaye, Julie Doiron, and Rebekah Higgs in the process. I have to say, that is really a tremendous list, I'm not sure who I would vote for if I were in the shoes of whomever it is that votes on the ECMA's. Well actually, I'd likely vote for Jenn Grant, as her album is a favorite of mine, but after seeing Rose Cousins live at the IDOW festival a couple weeks ago, I'd have to say she's very deserving of the award.

We've discussed Two Hours Traffic on the site a time or two, so it's good to see they picked up Pop Recording of the Year for Little Jabs, their excellent last release. A fantastic pop album, certainly deserving of that award.

I said the following in my review for Classified's Hitch Hikin' Music:

The aforementioned Hard To Be Hip Hop is an amusing, almost old-schoolish back & forth collabo between Class and Canadian Hip Hop icon Maestro Fresh Wes. It doesn't really matter if this is a good song, it wins because Fresh Wes is on it. I think any Canadian MC putting out an album should be required to have Fresh Wes make a cameo.

I pretty much feel the same way where awards are concerned, so I'm happy to see Class and Maestro rewarded with an ECMA for the Rap/Hip-Hop Single Track Recording of the Year.

PEI's Nathan Wiley is someone we haven't covered here on the hill for one reason or another, but he beat out some solid competition to take home the award for Alternative Recording of the Year. His semi-conceptual The City Destroyed Me is an album I've being meaning to talk about here on the hill, and perhaps now I'll get to it. At the very least I think Nathan will show up on our PEI mix tape in the future.

Anyway, big congrats to all the winners, nominees, and the ECMA folks for putting on another solid event. Although the awards weren't televised live this year, apparently there while be a one-hour special broadcast at a later date, showing not only highlights of the show, but footage from the many showcases and other shows that took place during ECMA weekend in Fredericton. This seems like a good idea, plus it's hosted by Barenaked Lady Steven Page. Who doesn't love the Barenaked Ladies, right! Oh. Well anyway watch this show when it's on in March, perhaps I'll post a heads up before it's shown if I get the details.

MP3:: The Joel Plasket Emergency - Snowed In/Cruisin'
MP3:: Rose Cousins - Pale Love
MP3:: Two Hours Traffic - Heatseeker (Live @ The Horseshoe)
MP3:: Classified f. Maestro Fresh Wes - Hard To Be Hip Hop
MP3:: Nathan Wiley - The City Destroyed Me

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